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Which winter tire would you go with?
Hakka R's 50%  50%  [ 2 ]
General Altimax's 25%  25%  [ 1 ]
Other 25%  25%  [ 1 ]
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 Post subject: Winter Tire Decision: Nokian vs General
PostPosted: Fri Dec 05, 2008 3:46 pm 
First Gear
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Location: WI
Tires in the spotlight:

Nokian Hakkapeliitta R


General Altimax Arctic


Vehicle and Tire size:
1991 Legacy Wagon N/A 185/70R14

So my history with winter tires is small. In fact, I've never owned a set of winters. But I've driven on some Hakka RSIs in my buddy's Forester XT and was blown away.
Naturaly now that I'm in the market, the first tire I looked for was the RSI only to find out Nokian came out with it's succesor, the Hakka R.
At around $80.00/tire it's not that bad. But for sake of argument, I wanted to see what else was available. I came across these General Altimax Arctics. They have pretty good reviews and price-wise, around $50.00/tire, my wallet likes these better.

What do you guys/gals think? Anyone have experience with either/both?

Hakka R - http://www.nokiantires.com/tyre?id=1194 ... peliitta+R

General Altimax - http://www.generaltire.com/tires/T13/Altimax-Arctic

1991 BJ EJ22

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 05, 2008 8:17 pm 
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Location: MI
For winter tires I love Winterforce.

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp ... es&place=1

You can get the generals on closeout at tirerack.

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp ... es&place=2

And as for shipping, I just get a local place to Match Tirerack's prices. Belle tire should without a sweat.

1992 Legacy LS Special Wagon..

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 05, 2008 9:38 pm 
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Location: Massillon, Ohio
+1 Winterforce


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 05, 2008 10:56 pm 
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Location: Klamath Falls, OR
Both tires will probably work. I have had experience only with the Nokians, which are very good. My gf has studded winterforces on her Accord, and they work well too. I have Yokohama Guardex on my Galant VR4, and they are nearly as good as the old Bridgestone Blizzaks I had on there previously.

Net result? Nearly any modern, siped, special compound snow tire should be pretty good on snow and ice. I prefer non studded, but my gf prefers the extra assurance with studs on her fwd car, on ice.

Many options out there...

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